James Busby High School

Term 1, Week 7, 2021

Important Dates

From the Principal

Welcome back to all of our students, staff and members of our community. I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome our lovely Year 7 students to the school who have made a smooth transition to high school.

This year we have a new member of the senior executive team, Mrs Mafi, who is the Deputy Principal of the Special Education Unit at James Busby High School (JBHS). She is a welcome addition to the team at JBHS and we look forward to working with her this year. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Kumar for relieving as Deputy Principal for me this term. Our senior executive team also comprises of Ms Chand and Mr Narayan, as well as a multitude of staff who kindly relieve for us when we are unavailable and we thank them for their dedication to our students and school.

Our focus this year is striving for excellence in all that we do. The school’s values of Academic Excellence, Respect, Equality and Safety are indicative of the beliefs shared by our school and community. We have an exciting year ahead of us with plan for our high potential and gifted students, school leaders, Wellbeing Ambassadors, artists, musicians, sports stars just to name a few. Literacy and numeracy will continue to remain a focus, as will the ongoing commitment to improving our students’ results in all aspects of their schooling.

We are currently working on the new school plan and look forward to continuing to build our connections with our community in 2021.


Rel. Principal Mrs Gouganovski

Welcome to 2021 – A new School Year!

On behalf of your Deputy Principals, we want to welcome you all to a new school year. 2021 is an opportunity for you all to begin the academic year with a clear focus and determination to achieve your very best across all facets of schooling life.

This year brings with it plenty of opportunities to extend yourself through a firm commitment to your studies, the sporting field, and other extra-curricular activities. Keep an eye and ear out at our weekly assemblies for all the information you need to make your time at school personalised to your interests and ambitions.

We take this opportunity to remind all our students that we are a school built on the values of ‘Equality, Safety, Excellence and Respect’. We want all members of the school to uphold these values in all that we do, model them for those around you and live by the actions these values represent. 

Our school is committed to supporting all students and we offer wellbeing and learning assistance through the work of all our hardworking teachers. At James Busby High School, success is achieved when we all work together. 

We look forward to seeing you all flourish in 2021!

Yours in Education,

Ms S. Chand – Deputy Principal (Years 8 and 12)

Mrs M. Gouganovksi/Mrs Kumar – Deputy Principal (Years 7 and 10)

Mr A. Narayan – Deputy Principal (Years 9 and 11)

Mrs V. Mafi – Deputy Principal (Special Education)

Welcome Ms Mafi

On behalf of our special education unit, students and staff, we would like to welcome our new Deputy Principal Support, Ms Veronica Mafi. We are pleased to embrace Ms Mafi’s philosophy for inclusion of all students. 

So far, our students have been given opportunities to engage in activities that have increased social interaction and sense of belonging. The SPARK program on Fridays encompasses choice driven projects, which include dancing, sewing, gardening, social skills, technology and sport. Throughout the week teachers are awarding students with merits for attendance, commitment to learning, and social competencies. Students and staff meet at weekly assemblies to recognise the school values of Excellence, Equity, Respect and Safety.

Ms Mafi, the entire team is thrilled to welcome you on board. We look forward to an amazing year ahead.

Ms M. Bray and Ms R. Prasad

Year Adviser Messages

Year 7,

A big congratulations to Year 7 students on their great start at JBHS. We are proud to see our values of equality, safety, excellence and respect being upheld by Year 7 students on the playground and in the classroom. Don’t forget to check your timetable so that you can bring all your equipment each day, especially your leather shoes and sports uniforms when you need them. Now that you are aware of our rewards system for positive behaviour, we look forward to seeing all the merits Year 7 students can collect this year. Congratulations to the students who are always on their way submitting the first 6 merits!

Keep up the good work, 

Ms Byrne and Ms Phan 

Year 8,

“If you don't know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn.”  ~ Ayn Rand

New year comes with different challenges and learning opportunities. Take on every opportunity that comes your way and accept new challenges. Set goals and aim to be successful in different aspects. Look out for opportunities that are provided to you at James Busby High School. Try joining variety of clubs and extracurricular activities at the school. To support your learning, join our After-school Study Program or seek assistance at B4 Multi. Most importantly, let us uphold our school values ‘Respect, Excellence, Safety and Equality’. Remember to wear the correct full school uniform, arrive to class on time and be ready to learn. 

A. Maror and V. Shukla 

Hello Yr 9,

It has been great to see you all back for 2021! It has been really encouraging to see that the majority of you have settled in really well and have taken all these changes into your stride. I look forward to another year together and I know that this year will see a lot of you strive towards excellence and achieve great things! 

I have the upmost faith in your ability to be shining examples to all your younger peers and the whole school community and to make all the positive choices to make the 2021 school year your best one yet!

Ms Encina

Year 10,

Welcome to 2021. I hope that you have a great start to the year. It seems that most people have remembered our school values and are practising them on a daily basis. It is important that you remember that GRATITUDE and KINDNESS goes a long way and it will be reciprocated. It should be noted that punctuality to classes, bringing the correct equipment to school and wearing the school uniform are all very important aspects of James Busby life as you are made well aware of on a daily basis. 

If you need to reach out to anyone at school for academic or welfare reasons, keep in mind that you have a plethora of people that are able to assist you. You also have an abundance of resources that you are able to utilise while you are at school to make this happen. Ensure you are making use of the digital resources available to you such as Google Classroom access to achieve your best possible. 

You may be interested in seeking casual employment or other so make the most of opportunities that are directed your way. See Mr Kwon, the Careers Advisor or us to seek further information. 

As this year is the determinant for your pathway to come, whether it be employment, TAFE or University, put your best foot forward and strive for your best completing all tasks within the time frame given. 

If you have any questions or issues to discuss, remember that we are available for you.  Ms Cau in E27 and Ms Narayan in C8. 

Yours in advising, 

Ms. Cau & Ms. Narayan 

Year 11

Welcome back to our brand new 2021 seniors!

It has been fantastic seeing how all of you are quickly adapting to your new environment, classes and classmates. We are very proud of the role models you are already becoming to your younger peers and how much pride you are already taking on representing James Busby High School and our community at large.

Remember there is an extensive network of support accessible to you all times, including your teachers, year advisors, counsellors and the executive team. We are all here for you, to ensure the last two years of your high school career set you in a path of success, whatever success means for you.

Here's to a fantastic 2021!

Mr Hernandez

Dear Year 12,

Congratulations on finishing another term of your final year! 

A lot has happened this term. Students have been doing work placements, and assessment tasks have been coming thick and fast. Just remember to do your best and ask for help from your teachers or from Ms Walsh and I. 

Fundraising for our Formal and graduation has been going really well! Chocolate boxes have been flying off the shelves! Special shout out to Adam Cowell-Brough who has already sold sixteen boxes of chocolates. Not only has Adam completely paid-off his Formal ticket, he is now fundraising to make our night extra special. Remember, the more money we raise, the better the night will be! Last week, we began selling gelatos at the end of the day, and wow, are they popular! I can’t thank those students who are stepping up to help out by volunteering their time and energy to help fundraise enough. You are all wonderful and truly appreciated. 

We have a lot to look forward to this term! The Athletics Carnival is around the corner! Not only is it a great day to show off our athleticism, it’s also another opportunity for us to fundraise! 

I’m looking forward to what the rest of the year holds for our grade. 

Have a fantastic end the term!

Ms. Hall and Ms Walsh


Back in Action - Support PDHPE

After almost 6 weeks off school, our students started the year with a massive bang. The anticipation of seeing their peers, the banter in class and the competition on the field was fierce. 

Global statistics show that 81% of adolescence do not get enough physical activity and parents tell us that their children spend too much time on their devices. Increased levels of physical inactivity have negative impacts on health, the environment, community well-being and quality of life.

It is therefore important that as PDHPE educators, we adapt and change the way we teach students to enable full participation in physical activity. We can then develop the whole child

Back in Action

Wellbeing Team

It’s been a busy few weeks settling into the 2021 school year.  At James Busby High School we were pleased to see our seniors (in their blue shirts) ready to continue their senior courses and excited to welcome and support Year 7 students as they start their high school journey.


The wellbeing team 2021 consists of the following student advisors and assistant student advisors.  Parents should contact the student advisors for any wellbeing concerns or communication about their child:



Year advisor

Assistant year advisor

Year 12

Erin Hall

Beth Walsh

Year 11

David Hernandez

Jessica Davis

Year 10

Talitha Narayan

Annette Cau

Year 9

Pamela Encina

Marianne Kasavetis

Year 8

Apuk Maror

Vinita Shukla

Year 7

Bridget Byrne

Cindy Phan



IO/AU:  Anna Samuels

IM: Kelly Pinder


This term Year 7 will be receiving their HPV and Diptheria/Tetanus/Whooping Cough vaccinations and Year 10 students will be receiving the meningococcal vaccine in term 2.  Please return the signed consent cards to the school.

Wishing you a happy start to 2021! Amy Sandilands and Phyllis Prins

HT- Wellbeing

International Women's Day

On Monday March 8th our school celebrated International Women's Day, a global event celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. 

As a school we were privileged to host a number of prominent women in the community, including MP Anne Stanley, Member for Werriwa, and Liverpool Councillor Charishma Kaliyanda. They, along with several of our former students led a discussion to help spread awareness of the significance of the day. Our students heard so many inspiring stories of success from a range of dynamic women, who are outstanding role models for our future young women.

This year the theme was #ChooseToChallenge. Our students were presented with information designed to encourage them to understand that a challenged world is an alert world. They learned that everyone can choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. Our event's aims were to celebrate women's achievement, raise awareness against bias and to strive to take action for equality.

International Women's Day

We are all “Heroes with Ability”

Every Tuesday our students are given the opportunity to be trained by the charismatic, enthusiastic and passionate team behind Heroes with Ability. Not only do they wheel in trolleys filled with equipment so that each student is well-equipped; they also carry bright smiles and energy to ensure each student feels valued and welcomed. In just two weeks, we saw our students grow in both ability and confidence in rugby league. The nervousness of interacting in a large group is now replaced with excitement and delight as our students unite to work as a football team. We cannot wait to see how much more our students will grow as the weeks progress.

Heroes with Ability was formed to inspire, teach, motivate, as well as incorporate all aspects of health and wellbeing, social inclusion, and community awareness. Your team  are strong advocates for inclusion and demonstrate real awareness of individual ability. Thank you for your contribution to our school community. 

For more information on activities and programs available to people with special needs, please visit: https://www.heroeswithability.com/

O. Pham 

Heroes With Abilities

Sailing Excursion

Once more our students from Stage 4 classes were given an opportunity to participate in sailing on Sydney Harbour. This amazing experience was provided by Making Waves Foundation that continues to support social inclusion of people with disability. 

On Tuesday the 16th of February, students, teachers and SLSOs travelled to Rushcutters Bay to meet with Mike, the skipper and his sailing crew. We were very lucky to sail on a gorgeous day. After leaving school in the rain and having little hope for the weather to improve, we were very much surprised to be met with a full sun above our heads on arrival at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA). 

Groups of students took turns to either sail or enjoy their picnic in the adjacent park. There was time to play games and exercise with others while we waited for our turn on the yacht. We saw landmarks around the harbour including places such as the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Clark and Shark Islands, Fort Denison and Barangaroo Reserve with its new skyscraper – the Crown building.

The actual sailing experience was described by the students as ‘fun’, ‘awesome’, ‘crazy’, ‘fantastic’ and ‘memorable’, and involved them in steering the boat, using the winches to adjust the sails, hanging out the buffers, watching the crew casting off and returning to berth.

Students also had an opportunity to practise their money skills purchasing from a coffee shop and interacting with locals.

Ms Bray, the organiser of this excursion, and accompanied staff – Ms Au, Ms Kopanovski, Ms Matthew and Mr Roberts said that all students are to be commended for their exemplary behaviour and this was a major contribution to the success of the day. 

All participants would like to express their gratitude to Mike and his crew from Making Waves Foundation for an extraordinary day on the Sydney Harbour. 

Monika Bray

HT Special Education IM

We are sailing...

Year 12 VET Construction

Well done to our Year 12 VET Construction students that were out on site at their assigned work placements last week. 

Brandon Dietrich and Andrew Sayavong were working with Lotus Constructions.  

Shane Stanley was working with Steady Eddie's Landscaping.   

Marko Radovanovic and Brock Bourke were working with Westbourne Developments.

The feedback from each construction company was positive and our students proved to be more than capable at handling the tasks involved in construction. The knowledge they learned during their work placement was valuable and such an eye-opener for them!

They had a great time and represented our school proudly.

Year 12 hard at work

Raise them up

Our Stage 6 Homebush class have once again been chosen to continue our flag raising duties. Not only has this become our daily routine, it has become a ceremony for us. A ceremony of pride, leadership and identity. We meet in Pastoral Care, take the same route up to the office, meet and speak to teachers and peers on our way up, take the flags to the post and raise them diligently. As we raise them, we are silent to show our appreciation for the school we attend, the community that we belong to and the country that we live in.  

In the afternoon, our support classes take it in turns to lower the flags. This gives our students the opportunity to learn from a young age to be responsible citizens. Our students feel a sense of pride and value for themselves as they were chosen to represent the school in such an important part of our school’s daily routine. 

Well done to our students for always demonstrating leadership qualities when raising and lowering our flags. 

Raising the flags

Investigating Plants – Year 7 2020

At the end of 2020 7A conducted a bean growing experiment. Each group changed one factor that might affect the growth of their beans. Factors changed included the type of water and the amount of sunlight plants received. 

As can be seen from the photos, the plants grew well in a range of conditions and a small amount of salt had a surprising effect. 

All Year 7 classes this year will be growing plants in Term 4 and Year 8 will continue to test their hypotheses by conducting investigations. Good work 7A 2020!

7A Plant Project

Welcoming the year of the Metal Ox.

Welcoming the year of the Metal Ox. 

Lunar New Year is one of the biggest celebrations on the Chinese and south-east Asian calendar. In fact, Lunar New Year is also celebrated in countries such as Malaysia, Vietnam, North and South Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Brunei.  It is celebrated with the first new moon in the Lunar calendar (a calendar used for the past 3000 years) and this year it falls on the 12th of February.

The ox in Chinese culture is a hardworking zodiac sign. It usually signifies movement, so we’re looking forward to a less static world than that of last year. In the meantime, our Homebush class celebrated with a lantern making activity using bold colours of red and gold to represent wealth and luck. 

We hope this Lunar New Year brings health, wealth, happiness and luck to everyone in our community. 

Chuc mung nam moi.

O. Pham

Our students with their beautiful creations


Term One 2021 has seen JBHS continue to strengthen our relationship with the PCYC (Police Citizens Youth Clubs NSW). The PCYC’s mission is to empower young people to reach their potential through Police and community partnerships. Their aim is to engage with, and positively influence youth members through mainstream sport, recreation, education, leadership and cultural programs.

One of the programs that our school has engaged with is called Fit for Work. The aim of this ten-week program is to increase employment opportunities for students who can benefit from the support and guidance of the PCYC. JBHS is very pleased to hear that our senior student is enjoying the program and making the most of their opportunity.  We look forward to hearing of his success and seeing what is to come in the near future. 

Another program that we have recently involved ourselves with is the Fit for Life program. This an early intervention program designed to engage youth ages 10 to 17 through physical fitness, nutrition and social engagement, Fit For Life aims to improve overall wellbeing. Students for JBHS and other local schools meet at the PCYC at 7.30am and are put through their paces in various fitness sessions before they are served a delicious breakfast and transported back to school. A BIG THANKYOU to the wonderful Ms Pham and Ms Nand who have volunteered to supervise our students before school as well as Mr Roberts who has kindly agreed to picking our students up to return to school.

As well as the above mentioned programs, Police Officers from the PCYC continue to support and be visible at our successful breakfast club. If you see one of our friendly officers at breakfast club, don’t be afraid to say hello.

If you or your child has any questions about becoming involved in these programs or the PCYC in general, please contact Ms Cattanach.

Ms Cattanach


PCYC Fit for Work and Fit for Life

Links to Learning

Week five Term One 2020 saw the successful Links to Learning Program commence for some of our lucky Year 8 students. Links to Learning is delivered within schools by MTC Australia Youth Advisors. Students attend group workshop sessions with fellow participants to re-engage with group learning, learn life skills and build social confidence. Students also participate in individual support sessions with a dedicated Youth Advisor to discuss barriers they are facing, identify their goals and create a plan to achieve them. The first session was very engaging and students thoroughly enjoyed practicing skills taught in a classroom in a different environment by involving themselves in a number of activities outside of a normal classroom setting. I can safely say we have some VERY competitive year 8 students! We look forward to watching them grow throughout the program.

Ms Cattanach


Links to Learning - Session one games and activities

Volleyball Win!

On Wednesday 24th February, our JBHS Boys Volleyball team got off to a good start to their season. The boys played local rivals, Hoxton Park HS, in our Round 1 clash of the Sydney South-West KO Competition. After a few nervous points conceded, the boys got into their rhythm and went on to win the match in a convincing straight sets victory. The final result: 25-10; 25-14; 25-18. The boys go on to play competition heavyweights, Canley Vale HS, in the next round. Well done lads.

James Busby Vs Hoxton Park

Special Education Support Unit’s SPARKS Sewing class

Last Friday, I visited a sewing class, one of the SPARKS programs in K5. This class is run by Ms Au and Ms Fares for students who are interested in sewing and want to learn the skill.

The classroom was buzzing with excitement and everyone was busy making their first paper designs. It was great to watch our students having fun with lots of laughter. Ms Fares was inspiring participants by showing them gowns from red carpet fashion, while Ms Au was helping attach some pretty paper flowers to a piece of clothing. Check it out – the pictures speak for themselves.  

Monika Bray, HT IM Special Education

Special Education Support Unit’s SPARKS Sewing class

Support Unit Stage 5 Design and Technology and Garden SPARK Club

With the help of Mrs Gorham, Mr Smirski and Ms Bishop, students of the support unit have been enjoying planting a succulent wall, some beautiful fruit trees and vegetable gardens.This work supports learning outcomes in the Lifeskills syllabus and also helps students to socialise in a caring, accepting environment.To date, the students have grown banana, paw paw, fig and dragonfruit trees, and look forward to sharing the fruits of their labor at the end of the year!

Support Unit Stage 5 Design and Technology and Garden SPARK Club

Support Unit Woodwork Class

This year one more time, with the assistance from the HT Industrial Arts, Mr Ghazal and Mr Tripkovski, students from our Support Unit have been given an opportunity to participate in woodwork classes. The students learn about safety and how to use woodwork tools. They will use a range of woodwork techniques to build their own pencil case. We will continue sharing our woodwork stories with you! 

Woodwork Class

Together, we are achieving

On Friday afternoons, students from the Support Unit come together to celebrate everything from improvements in reading and writing to continuously demonstrating James Busby’s values in everyday school life. These achievements are celebrated amongst peers and staff as students are recognised for their efforts. 

It is not only the students’ efforts that are recognised but also that of our staff who are there each day to provide our students with more than just a quality teaching environment. One staff member is recognised each week for allocating time and effort into outstanding teaching methods and practices to support our students. 

Well done to all students and staff who demonstrate and practice James Busby’s teaching and learning values. 

O. Pham 

Award Winners

The Pasifika Engagement Program

 The Pasifika Engagement Program (PEP) is a school based program that aims to mentor the many students of Pasifika (Pacific Islander) heritage here at James Busby High School (JBHS), and is facilitated by one of our Health teachers, Mr Louis Vaiotu – a proud Samoan-Kiwi. Pasifika heritage refers to those of indigenous background from these small nations within the South Pacific region: Ethnicity (Country)

•                     Maori (New Zealand)

•                     Rarotongan/Cook Islander Maori (Cook Islands)

•                     Samoan (Samoa and American Samoa)

•                     Fijian (Fiji)

•                     Tongan (Tonga)

•                     Niuean (Niue)

In 2021, there are over 100 students at JBHS that identify themselves as being of Pasifika heritage, highlighting the relevance for a mentoring program to support our Pasifika students. PEP has been fully developed and customised to the JBHS school setting to ensure that the unique and specific needs of our Pasifika students are prioritised. The aim for PEP is to support our Pasifika students and solidify their sense of belonging at JBHS. This is achieved by strengthening the connections between Pasifika students; their culture; and the learning environment.

As part of the program, students participate in various workshops to enhance learning skills, and/or address areas of concern. Students are given opportunities to collaborate to produce cultural performances, and engage with a network of other cultural groups through the Western Sydney University (WSU) Pasifika Achievement To Higher Education (PATHE) seminars. Students can earn rewards by appropriately demonstrating school values, ranging from five-dollar vouchers to use at the canteen, to receiving an invitation to the Pasifika Rewards Day excursion to a water park. Overall, PEP provides a supportive environment for students to express their cultural identity whilst enhancing engagement at JBHS.

Mr Louis Vaiotu

The Pasifika Engagement Program

Open Girls Volleyball

A big congratulations to our Open Girls volleyball team for trying their best on the volleyball court against Miller Technology High School. They were up against some professional competition; volleyball players who practiced and played diligently on weekends. Although our girls had 5 training sessions leading to this knockout round, they worked cohesively to organise training sessions at every recess and lunch to improve themselves. 

Spirits were high as the match concluded when the third set reached 25-18. We saw our Open Girls’ confidence and team morale improve as the game progressed. Although the home team proved too strong, our girls held their heads high to have the opportunity to compete and knowing that they played their best. 

Well done girls. 

Our girls are pictured with their coach Mr Fodor and Ms Pham

Open Girls Volleyball

Careers News

The pedagogical structure of Career Learning which is the foundation of the School to Work/Higher Education/Vocational Education transition process is defined by the Department of Education as,


Career learning describes the ongoing lifelong process of managing learning, work and life. It requires the skills and knowledge to plan and make informed decisions about education, training and career choices. The NSW Department of Education is committed to preparing young people for rewarding lives as engaged citizens and a dynamic society.


At JBHS we have an established team which identifies student needs and work towards their best outcomes after our students leave high school. We are also a pilot of the NSW government initiative The Educational Pathway Pilot Program, which enhances our ability to provide further opportunities for our students.


Our Transition Team

Mr Costa Head Teacher Secondary Studies

Ms Prins and Ms Sandilands Head Teachers Welfare

Mr Kwon Careers Adviser

Mr Suljevic Transition Officer

Ms Choucair the EPPP Head Teacher Careers


On the 5th of May our Year 11 Maths in Trades students participated in a hands-on workshop and heard from industry professionals in the automotive trade in our school gymnasium. 

On this day our students listened to a presentation on pathways, where our guests shared the employment opportunities within the automotive industry and how to find an apprenticeship.

Students were given the opportunity to rotate through 4 working stations during the hands-on experience, and were given valuable insights into the automotive industry.

Our students were visited by the Deputy Secretary, who we think was impressed with the talented Year 12 Hospitality students. Our Hospitality students provided the catering for the event. 

EPPP Maths in Trade Workshop

JBHS Student Recognition System

JBHS Student Recognition System

Students are encouraged to hand in their merit certificates to their Year Adviser or to Library staff in order to progress through the merit system.

Students should also hand in their merits in order to go into the draw to win a $5 canteen voucher. One winner is drawn weekly at each Monday morning assembly.

Breakfast Club

Premier's Reading Challenge

The Premier's Reading Challenge is now open for students in Years 7, 8 and 9.

You can visit the new NSW PRC student site, which allows you to search for books to read from the PRC reading lists, save them to read later, and add them to your reading log. You also have a new PRC profile, which allows you to "level up" as you progress through the challenge! There is also a support video to help you with the challenge.

See our Library staff for help and visit the website below: 


Join a Lunch Club

Meet the teachers!

Tell Them From Me student feedback survey

I am delighted that this term, our school, like many other public schools in the state, will participate in a Department of Education initiative: the Tell Them From Me student feedback survey. The survey measures factors that are known to affect academic achievement and other student outcomes. The focus of the NSW-wide survey is on student wellbeing, engagement and effective teaching practices.

More information about the survey is available at: https://education.nsw.gov.au/student-wellbeing/tell-them-from-me

The survey is a great opportunity for our students to provide us with valuable and quick feedback on what they think about school life, how engaged they are with school and the different ways that teachers interact with them. Schools in Australia and around the world have used the Tell Them From Me survey to help improve how they do things at school.

I want to assure you that the survey is confidential. The survey is conducted online and will typically take less than 30 minutes to complete. It will be administered during school hours during Term 1. Participating in the survey is entirely voluntary.

A consent form and FAQs for parents/carers about the survey is being sent home with students next week. If you do not want your child or children to participate, please return the form to school at your earliest convenience. Copies of the form and FAQs are available from: https://education.nsw.gov.au/student-wellbeing/tell-them-from-me/information-for-parents-and-carers

Head Teacher Community Engagement

Ms Abeer Ramsay

Why Attendance Matters

Everyone has a role supporting positive school attendance.

Regular attendance helps students to:

  • develop a sense of belonging
  • develop and maintain friendships
  • be more engaged at school
  • progress with their learning
  • be more aware of career and life options.

Every day counts. Missing just one day a fortnight can amount to four weeks of lost learning over a year. Over their school life, this can equal one year of missed learning.

Skoolbag App

We share important information on our Skoolbag app, including copies of Assessment Tasks.

See the instructions below to assist you with downloading the app:

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Homework Centre

Information for parents and carers including learning and wellbeing resources, advice, study skills, a quick guide glossary, homework help, learning from home tools, support for additional needs and more can be accessed on the above link.


A friendly reminder that our school has a ClickView subscription. Clickview is like netflix for education. There is a wide range of classroom-friendly content, from popular films to documentaries and television programs and Australian-made educational videos on the site. See below for help with accessing Clickview at home.